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Truro Parents Sentenced Over Children Attending School

Truro parents sentenced to curfew and electronic tagging for failing to ensure that their children attend school regularly.

The parents of two pupils from a primary school in Truro were given a Community Order, with electronic tagging and placed under a curfew for a period of three months after pleading guilty to failing to ensure that their children attend school on a regular basis.

Magistrates at Truro were told that the nine year boy had 32 sessions of unauthorised absence out of a possible 184 sessions, with the seven year old girl having 35 unauthorised absences out of a possible 184 sessions between 31 October 2016 and 30 March 2017.

Explaining that the curfew would operate from Wednesday to Sunday between 7.00pm and 7.00am for three months, the Chairman warned the parents that they could be brought back to court and could face a prison sentence if they breached the curfew.

They were also ordered to pay costs of £387.00 each and a victim surcharge of £85.00.

Tracey Mclennan, the Council’s Interim Senior Education Welfare Officer, hopes the sentence will send a clear message to other parents and carers who are failing to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly.

“Education Welfare Officers in Cornwall work closely with schools, parents and pupils to try to sort out attendance issues” she said.

“This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation. They will try to find out the reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try and get the child back into school. This includes offering support or signposting to other agencies

“Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison . “

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